Evans reached the quarter-finals at the Aegon Trophy in Nottingham last week, so with some grass play under his belt, he was able to take control against a player ranked over 200 places above him, but predominantly a clay specialist.
Evans suffered a tumble in the slightly heavy conditions today, but wound up with a win in a little under an hour today, 6-3, 6-1.
There was no joy for James Ward, who squandered two chances to serve for the match, eventually losing to Ivan Dodig, 67(8), 76(2), 76(2)
The first set saw both players swapping breaks but with neither able to capitalise, eventually getting down to a tense tie-breaker won by Ward.
The second set saw the British no. 2 stretch to a break lead but could not serve it out at 5-3, giving Dodig a chance to get back into the match, as he romped through the tie-break.
Again it was a tight deciding set, with Ward getting an early break, and serving for the set at 5-4, and again opening the door for the Croatian to come back, and once again Ward was left behind in the tie-break.
Jamie Baker, who had won a place in the main draw through the qualifying rounds, lost to ninth seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-3.
Aegon Classic, WTA International, Birmingham
The two British women in action both fell in the first round in Birmingham today.
Robson had to pull out of doubles with Raymond after falling in the first round at the French Open (to Caroline Wozniacki), with back pain.
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